How do you get the most from the limited time you have each day? Phil Geldart breaks it down in this video from our Leadership Bootcamp about time management. It’s not a mystery—it’s a matter of escaping the “tyranny of the urgent.” Break out of the cycle of reacting and shift to anticipating your future needs and planning. When your deadlines arrive, you’ll be prepared, collected, and ready to deliver.
People sometimes come to me and ask how in the world can I be more effective? How can I get more done in the time that I have when there just never seems to be enough time? I think very often the problem is not that we need to get more done in the time, but that we are doing the things which are not optimally productive. We're doing the wrong things.
So, let me try to break that into two camps. I think there are some things we have to do now and that they put a lot of demands on us. But very often I think we find ourselves reacting. We are in a reactive mode, responding, always having to deal with stuff that comes upon us. That is not efficient. That is not a good use of our time. The only way to break that cycle is to do things now that I don't need to have done now. So that when I get to the future, they're already done.
That's a bit of a paradox, but the way to be as efficient as possible is to when you arrive at the future, not be driven by things that are vital and urgent, that they be done now, because you've already anticipated them and done them in the past. So, in the present I am able to concentrate and apply my full energy on the things that are really important, so that when I get into the future, those things are already in hand and I've been able to use my time to its optimum, creating the future; not responding to the tyranny of the urgent, which is really an effective.